China’s Zheng Qinwen says she wishes she was a man after losing her French Open match due to menstrual cramps
Chinese tennis player Zheng Qinwen recently suffered a 6-7 6-0 6-2 loss to world number 1 Iga Swiatek at the 2022 French Open on Monday. The 19-year-old was hugely disappointing after retiring in the fourth round of French Open after suffering from menstrual camps midway through her match.
Hoping to make a massive upset by earning a first-set victory over the best female tennis player in the world, Qinwen was dejected after withdrawing from the French Open, due to menstrual cramps.
The Chinese teenager lamented that she was in pain and wished she could be ‘a man on the pitch’.
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“Yeah, the leg was also hard. Compared to the stomach, it was easy… I can’t play tennis, (my) stomach was too sore,” Zheng Qinwen told reporters after his match.
She added: “It’s just girl stuff, you know. The first day is always so hard and then I have to work out and I’m always in so much pain on the first day. And I couldn’t go against my nature. I wish I could be a man on the court, but I can’t at this time…I really wish I could be (a) man (so) that I don’t have to suffer from this.
Born in Wuhan, China, the 19-year-old has won 8 ITF Tour Finals singles titles, while she also has five ITF Junior Tour titles to her name. Having a world ranking of 70 at present, Qinwen has been extremely impressive from a young age.
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She made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open earlier this year, and from there there was no looking back.
The teenage sensation said she loved the experience of playing against the world No. 1 even though she couldn’t play to her full intensity because of the menstrual camps.
“If I talk about today, I’m happy with my performance (on) this race. And playing against the world number one, I felt that I really enjoyed (that) on the pitch,” said said Zheng Qinwen.